Books I Recommend: Sky Sweeper by Phillis Gershator

Hey, everyone! This is my 46th book recommendation. I appreciate any friends, family member, or author who reads these books. Thank you!

1. Sky Sweeper by Phillis Gershator

2. Graphic Design by James Bow

3. Mysterious Guests by Eric A. Kimmel

4. The Blizzard by Betty Ren Wright

5. Real Princesses by Valerie Wilding

6. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

7. Children of the Dragon by Sherry Garland

8. Nature Ranger by Richard Walker

9. The Nifty-Gritty Gardening Book by Kari Cornell

10. The Case of the Christmas Snowman by James Preller

11. The Case of the Best Pet Ever by James Preller

12. Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford

13. Thea Stilton and the Lost Letters by Geronimo Stilton

14. Red Pizzas for a Blue Count by Geronimo Stilton

15. The Thirteen Ghosts by Geronimo Stilton

16. Shadow of the Sharks by Mary Pope Osborne

17. Ernest Hemingway by Jim Whiting

18. Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones

19. Larger Than Life by Matt Donnelly

20. Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts by Tom Watson

21. Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

22. The Man With The Red Bag by Eve Bunting

23. Drama Queen by Monica Brown

24. Meet Caroline by Kathleen Ernest

25. Caroline Takes A Chance by Kathleen Ernest

26. Seven Wild Sisters by Charles De Lint

27. Friends For Life by Andrew Norris

28. The Shining Princess by Eric Quayle

29. Who Is Richard Branson? by Michael Burgan

30. Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco

31. When Lightning Comes In A Jar by Patricia Polacco

32. Shells! Shells! Shells! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

33. Emma Kate by Patricia Polacco

34. Just In Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco

35. Look and Make With Paper by Matthew Parselle

36. Look What You Can Make With Paper Plates by Margie Hayes Richmond

37. Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

38. Old Jake’s Skirts by C. Anne Scott

39. Grumbles from the Forest by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich

40. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

41. The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd

42. Chickadee by Louise Erdrich

43. The Secret of the Ginger Mice by Frances Watts

44. The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book by Kari Cornell

45. Far From Fair by Elana K. Arnold

46. Nick and Tesla’s Solar-Powered Showdown by Science Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

47. You Can’t Take A Balloon Into The Museum of Fine Arts by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser

48. Machu Picchu by Elizabeth Mann

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Reach For Stars

Hey, everyone! This blog post will include 2 stories (1 non fiction and 1 fiction), inspiration, and a fiction interview. Let’s start with the non fiction story.

One day, my body decided I was ready to try the ladder at my therapy place. Slowly but surely, my body had decided to try the stairs. Now I can easily walk up them alone without being scared. Ever since, I’ve been proud to have touched the stars. (If anyone wonders what’s next, it’s escalators).

Let’s move on to the fantasy version of a story. I hope you enjoyed the 1st story!

Once, a young girl named Rainbow had wanted to be able to go down stairs for a long time but her body wasn’t ready to do it. Many years past before her body started to sense that she wanted to achieve the goal. When she was probably 14, her body was able to take the hint fully. So she took her time up until Wednesday when she achieved the goal. She was very excited. She was reaching toward the stars.

Let’s move on to the interview. This is where you will find more details about the first story. Speaking of story, I hope you enjoyed the 2nd story. (If you are wondering, this blog post is inspiration based).

 Rainbow: Hey, Lillian! Are you ready to start the interview? I’m definitely ready to start.

Lillian: Hey, Rainbow! Yes, I’m ready. It’s awesome that you’re ready to start. 

Rainbow: How did you originally start?

Lillian: Good question! I started by using a step stool for kids.

Rainbow: Wow. What was your progression steps?

Lillian: My order was step stool, ladder, and stairs. Anything else you would like to know?

Rainbow: No, I don’t think so. Let’s end it here, Bye, nice meeting you!

Lillian: Bye, Rainbow!

The mural is to reach for the stars.

Go to these links below for 2 of my blog posts:

Rainbow Love

Latest Weather: Thunderstorms

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Emotions With Animals: Hyper Beavers

Hey, everyone! Welcome back to the Emotions With Animals blog series. The emotion is hyper and the animal is beaver.

Beavers are hyper because most beavers are nocturnal. They get really hyper when some loud noise scares it away.

People are hyper for several reasons. For example, sugar can make you hyper. They can also get too excited or anxious and that can result in being hyper.

How to Avoid Being Hyper:

Connecting with the hyperness.

Take Deep Breaths.

Practice Meditation.

Practice Mindfulness.

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Here’s some of the blog posts:

Rainbow Love

(This is a sneak peek below. The picture is included).

Once there lived 2 rainbows who didn’t want to separate for the love of nature. Their names were Candy Rainbow and Princess Rainbow. One day, Candy Rainbow was accidentally separated from Princess. What they didn’t know was the Nature fairy had split them in half.

Latest Weather: Thunderstorms

A thunderstorm is a storm with lightning and thunder. It is produced by a cumulonimbus cloud, usually producing gusty winds, heavy rain and sometimes hail but not always in the Western USA. The basic ingredients used to make a thunderstorm are moisture, unstable air and lift.


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Emotions For Animals: Love as Chimpanzees

Hey, everyone! (I know this edition was a little late). Welcome back to this week’s edition of Emotions For Animals! This time, it’s Chimps (also known as Chimpanzees). I hope you enjoy!

Chimp love is almost like a person love. They kiss, embrace, hug, talk and, groom. Are you wondering how much chimps are like people? (Visit the next paragraph to find out).

People love is basically kissing, hugging, talking, kind teasing, and living together. If you’re a kid, it’s usually a bit more filtered than your parent(s). They will tuck you in, brush your hair, brush your teeth, floss your teeth, take your clothes off, reading to you, and put on clothes.

How To Feel (or Be) Loved: 

Initiate meaningful conversations: Create bonds or relationships is the first step in being deeply loved.

You can do  this with anyone at almost any time simply by asking about the other person, fully listening to what they have to say, and then finding common ground. Some people might choose to shut down but it may be worth the riskiness of feeling powerless to find people who won’t shut down.

Open up your love value: Like a heart keeps blood from flowing backward, the love value blocks the flow of energy in your given influence. Come into the moment, take the pressure off the situation, and avoid the urge to fill silences with chatter. Instead, picture the interaction as something cyclical in nature, where there’s a balance of sharing and listening, giving and receiving.

When we clear the mental clutter and allow this type of flow, we are in essence choosing to be love.

Change your beliefs about the world and love:

If you tell yourself that people don’t care, you’ll put that energy into the world and then easily find evidence to back it up. If you tell yourself you’ll never experience love, you’ll create mental barriers and then subconsciously repel it. Tell yourself a different story from this paragraph: There’s a lot of love in the world, there’s plenty to go around, you deserve it, and it’s coming to you every day.

Love Yourself: Don’t say judgemental things or say bad things about yourself.

Chimp love!

I hope you enjoyed! Tune in this week for the next Emotions With Animals blog post. Also don’t forget to check out Camilla’s blog for more love themed blog posts.

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The Last Cookie: Cookies For Everyone

Hey, everyone! Here’s the second part of the Last Cookie story! I hope you enjoy.

Mermaidia had a solution finally and it was to suggest cut the cookie in half. (If you’re wondering, the cookie flavor is fruit punch.) Mermaidia looked around trying to find Bellina.

Mermaidia found Bellina in the kitchen, preparing to eat the cookie. Finally Mermaidia reached Bellina. Mermaidia said,” I have something to say to you.” Bellina asked,” What do you want to say to me, Mermaidia?” So Mermaidia asked Bellina, “Here’s what I want to say to you, may I have half of your cookie please?”

That’s the end of part 2 of The Last Cookie. What do you think Bellina said to Mermaidia? Where do you think Mermaidia sat down to think of the solution? Tune in Tuesday for the 3rd part of The Last Cookie!

Yummy Snickerdoodles!

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The Last Cookie

Hey, everyone! I decided to start a new blog series called The Last Cookie. Hope you enjoy!

A Cookie For Everyone! 

Once there lived a young fairy princess who was half mermaid, royal human, and flying human.  Her name was Mermaidia Princess Fairy-Alia. Mermaida danced, swam, walked, and flew so good. One day, she flew to the cookie box and she turned into a princess again when she said, “I am proud to be a fairy but can you transform me back into a princess.”

Suddenly her sister named Bellina flew in and grabbed the final cookie which Mermaidia had wanted so badly. She sat down to think of a solution.

This is the end of Part 1 of the cookie series. What solution do you think Mermaidia thought? What flavor do you think the flavor was? Tune in this weekend for the 2nd part of The Last Cookie to find the answer to both questions.

Yummy Cookies!

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Emotions With Animals: Mischievous Pelicans

Hey there, everyone! Welcome back to this week’s edition of Emotions With Animals! I recently posted tons of blog posts. Go to to see some of them.

Mischievous pelicans eat fish with their beak and their see-through pouch open. Pelicans will look silly mischievous.

Mischievous people giggle nervously. If you ask someone,”Are you hiding something?” and they might reply no to you. Be careful not to get mischievous yourself!

How To Not Be Mischievous:

Channel Mischief: Channel your mischief into curiosity for things.

Transform: Transform your mischief into a learning experience to keep from doing something dangerous or get you in trouble.

Connecting: Connect with the feeling that comes with mischievous. After you finish connecting with it, go for a walk in nature or anything that will channel the mischief to something (see Channel Mischief for more).

I hope you enjoyed my blog post! Go to Camilla’s website at Mindful Musings if you want to see more. Click on the 2nd link below if you like what I write.

Pelicans In Flight

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An Interview with Mike Alger!

This is an interview with a meteorologist named Mike Alger, Chief Meteorologist, with KTVN Channel 2 News in Reno, NV. I’m interested in weather and for our 4th quarter project we had to do an interview. I chose to do this topic because it’s a topic of interest to me.

Lillian: What Weather Tools do you use?

Mike AIger: I use a lot of weather tools. Some of them are satellites which take pictures of the weather systems as they come in. I use a lot of weather stations all around the country to track the weather as it comes in. I use radar imagery, which can show me where it’s raining, and give me an idea of the winds. And I use people’s eyeballs… which is a funny way of saying I get eyewitness reports from weather watchers around the region, which also helps to track the weather. But probably the most important tools I use are computer models, which take data from weather balloons and they build 3-dimensional models of the atmosphere, and can predict what will happen in the future.

Lillian: How do you track the sun?

Mike AIger: I really don’t track the sun. The sun crosses our sky in a very predictable manner, so just by knowing the time and date, there’s always a way of knowing where the sun is.

Lillian: How do you track the moon?

Mike Alger: It’s the same with the moon. It also orbits the earth in a very predictable fashion.

Lillian: How do you predict the weather?

Mike Alger:  I’ll refer you back to your first question. Using all the tools I talked about, especially the computer models, I am able to determine where and when the atmosphere will be right for making it rainy or sunny.

Lillian: Why does lightning strike trees?

Mike Alger: Lightning is a very strong discharge of electricity, and electricity is essentially lazy. It wants to go to the ground by the easiest pathway possible. Trees conduct electricity better than air does, so hitting a tree makes a shorter pathway to the ground.

Lillian: Did you ever have interest in weather?

Mike Alger: I’ve always had an interest in science, and weather is a science. So in that manner, I’ve always had an interest in weather.

 Lillian: Why does the hail make a strange noise?

Mike Alger: Hail is made of balls of ice, so when it falls from the sky, it makes a louder sound than rain or snow. It’s similar to if you dropped small rocks on your roof from way up high.

Lillian: When did you decide to be a meteorologist?

Mike Alger: I decided to become a meteorologist when I was in my late 20s. I was a geologist before that.

Lillian: Why does a thunderstorm sometimes shut off electronics?

Mike Alger: Since thunderstorms have lightning, and lightning is made up of huge amounts of electricity, whenever a lightning bolt hits a power line, it can overload the system and cause circuit breakers to shut off the power.

Lillian: Why aren’t there any tornadoes in Reno, NV?

Mike Alger: There are two main reasons: First, we don’t typically get the super-cell thunderstorms needed for classic tornado development, mainly because our air isn’t wet enough. Second, all the mountains around us disrupt the flow and creates turbulence which breaks up the spinning motion before the tornado can fully form.


Stamford, CT

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Book Review – Class Pets: The Ghost of P.S. 42

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What this book is about is Jake and Molly (are brother and sister mice) looking for a new home to live in when they discovered P.S. 42 but Jake was too plump to get in through a crack. Meanwhile, Molly first discovered what kind of animals lived in the school (including  Gino, a ghost) had told Molly what P.S. stood for. My favorite was when the lovebirds (who also lived in the school) were dancing in the air. Because the book said beautiful and that’s why I liked it. Molly and Jake moved from Deli Dan’s because they were old enough to leave that place. Molly and Jake had gotten too curious and got into too much trouble.

This is a chapter book and Fantasy book. The illustrations helped to show what they were doing. I liked it because the book said beautiful. It had a lot humor and emotion. People who like humor and emotion would like this book. I recommend it.

The Ghost of P.S. 42 (Class Pets) (amazon affiliate link)

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Egyptian Eye by Lillian 8.17.12